Google expands Jio partnership with Indian smartphone, cloud tie-ups


NEW DELHI, June 24 (Reuters) – Google deepened its partnership with Reliance Jio on Thursday with an “ultra-affordable” smartphone which might join a whole lot of tens of millions of shoppers to high-speed cellular information and a cloud tie-up to spice up the Indian telecoms agency’s 5G push.

The ‘JioPhone Subsequent’ has been developed by Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google and Jio for the Indian market, Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries (RELI.NS) of which Jio is a component, informed his firm’s annual shareholder assembly.

Ambani, one of many world’s richest males, needs to increase Jio’s tech, telecoms and leisure companies by way of the brand new cellphone’s launch in September.

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India is the world’s second-biggest cellular market with about 530 million smartphone customers, however greater than 300 million individuals nonetheless use legacy characteristic telephones, Hong Kong-based tech consultancy Counterpoint Analysis says.

“This (the smartphone) is an affidavit to a worldwide know-how big and a nationwide know-how champion working collectively to make actually a breakthrough product that may be first launched in India after which taken to the remainder of the world,” Ambani mentioned.

He didn’t specify a worth however promised it will likely be essentially the most inexpensive smartphone “not simply in India, however globally”.

Ambani introduced final yr that Jio and Google would companion to make an Android-based smartphone working system.


Google, which final yr invested $4.5 billion in Jio’s father or mother Jio Platforms, additionally mentioned it will assist India’s greatest wi-fi service with tech options for its enterprise and shopper choices because it plans to launch 5G companies.

The tie-up lends Jio the experience of a worldwide tech big because it expands digital companies to small and medium companies in addition to a whole lot of tens of millions of people. And it provides Google the unrivaled scale of Reliance, whose companies vary from oil to telecoms and e-commerce.

“It is a broad partnership, it entails a number of items of Alphabet working collectively,” Thomas Kurian, CEO at Google Cloud, informed Reuters, including: “Our personal partnership spans a number of elements of Jio not simply the communications enterprise … but in addition well being, retail and different issues.”

He declined to share the phrases of the cloud take care of Jio.

As a part of this partnership, Reliance will shift its core retail companies to Google Cloud’s infrastructure, Google CEO Sundar Pichai mentioned in a message performed at Reliance’s assembly.

Jio established a 10-year alliance with Microsoft (MSFT.O) in 2019, aiming to construct information centres throughout India that shall be hosted on its Azure cloud platform in a bid to supply companies to the nation’s booming start-up financial system.

Jio disrupted India’s telecom market in 2016 when it launched with cut-price information plans and free voice companies. It pressured a number of rivals out of the market and is now India’s greatest cellular service with greater than 425 million clients.

On Thursday, Ambani mentioned Jio, which additionally counts Fb (FB.O), Qualcomm (QCOM.O) and Intel (INTC.O) amongst its backers, was assured of being the primary to launch 5G companies in India.

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Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal; Enhancing by Kim Coghill

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